Runnin' (Dying to Live)

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For the 1994 song by 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G., see Runnin'
"Runnin' (Dying to Live)"
Single by 2Pac featuring The Notorious B.I.G.
from the album Tupac: Resurrection
Released October 5, 2002 Austria
November 26, 2002 United States
December 4, 2002 Belgium
January 19, 2003 Netherlands
February 3, 2003 New Zealand
March 13, 2003 France
May 27, 2003 Sweden
July 20, 2003 Switzerland
September 6, 2003 United Kingdom
Format CD single, 7" single, 12" single, cassette single
Genre Gangsta Rap
Length 3:51
Label Amaru
Writer(s) Tupac Shakur
Christopher Wallace
Marshall Mathers III
Producer(s) Eminem
2Pac chronology
"Still Ballin'"
"Runnin' (Dying to Live)"
"One Day at a Time (Em's Version)"
The Notorious B.I.G. chronology
"Dead Wrong"
"Runnin' (Dying to Live)"
"Nasty Girl"

"Runnin' (Dying to Live)", by the late rappers 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. was the first released single from the posthumous soundtrack album Tupac: Resurrection.


The chorus is from Edgar Winter's song "Dying to Live" (from the album Edgar Winter's White Trash), which was edited to a higher pitch for the song. Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls originally recorded the song together in 1994, but finally released in late 2002. The song was originally produced by New York producer Easy Mo Bee and was called "Runnin' From tha Police". The interview of Biggie was recorded only a couple of weeks before his death.

Music video[edit]

The video contains interviews of both Tupac and Biggie. It is the only song from the album to feature a music video. The video version mutes all language, violence and drug references, even Biggie's comment about two cops being shot (the radio version only censors all profanity except the word "bitches" in 2Pac's verse). In the video, it has past images of 2Pac and Biggie, and once their verses end, the volume appears to drop lower. [1]


The song won the Top Soundtrack Song of the Year award at the 2005 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Runnin' (Dying to Live)" (feat. The Notorious B.I.G.) C. Wallace, E. Winter, L. Resto, M. Mathers, O. Harvey, T. Shakur Eminem 3:51
2. "Still Ballin'" (Nitty remix) T. Shakur, F. Ross Nick Ford, SR. Shakur 2:49

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (2003-2004) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 19
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 30
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[4] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 13
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 8
France (SNEP)[7] 28
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 37
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 17
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 19
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[12] 11
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[13] 5